song (Millennium Fanfare) is an upbeat yet unsentimental paean... with it's
soaring introductory chords and fanfare mode, the piece inevitably recalls
"Monumental, with an air of expectancy
and drama... this music stands alone."
"All of the songs are very good; several are outstanding. The great work
in this collection is Antonio Carlos DeFeo's Sonnet 23 -- poem by Elizabeth
Barrett Browning. I spent the better portion of one recent morning listening
to it repeatedly and weeping like a baby through much of it. Of course,
Browning's text is magical, and DeFeo's exquisite lyrical gift and a
wonderful harmonic and rhythmic sense heighten the poem magnificently. This
beautiful song rates among the best ones I've heard in years."
"These compositions (Sonnet XXIII Three
Simple Songs) certainly constitute "new music," but there is not a bar of it
one would be tempted to call ugly or difficult; yet neither is there
anything patronizing or pedestrian. They exhibit a high level of
imagination, inspiration, technical skill, and loving consideration for the
human voice. This is music that sounds good, and is good for you, too."
"Futuristic in a way, but not with
things that can't be imagined... containing exciting dynamics that suggest
progress and momentum."
"very celebratory and evocative of the
past, while also envisioning the future"
"The production is
enhanced by a lively and witty score by Antonio Carlos DeFeo"
"Antonio Carlos DeFeo pulls it all together with his original music for the production.
Indeed, DeFeo's creation provides the crowning glory to this captivating